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Ski-Doo XRS 800
Product typeSnowmobile
OwnerBombardier Recreational Products

Ski-Doo is a brand name of snowmobile manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products (originally Bombardier Inc. before the spin-off). The Ski-Doo personal snowmobile brand is so iconic, especially in Canada, that it was listed in 17th place on the CBC's The Greatest Canadian Invention list in 2007.

Ski-Doo also has its own range of snowmobile suits.


The first ever Ski-Doo was launched in 1959.[1] It was a new invention of Joseph Armand Bombardier. The original name was Ski-Dog, NY but a typographical error in a Bombardier brochure changed the name Ski-Dog to Ski-Doo.[2]

The first Ski-Doos found customers with missionaries, trappers, prospectors, land surveyors and others who need to travel in snowy, remote areas. The largest success for the snowmobile came from sport enthusiasts, a market that opened the door to massive production of snowmobiles.[3][4] This popularity led to skidoo (sometimes ski-doo), with the derived verb skidooing (or ski-dooing), becoming the traditional generic term for snowmobile in much of Canada.[5][6][7]

In early 2016 Ski-Doo announced that they are releasing an all new snowmobile engine and chassis. Most of the 2 stroke engines from Ski-Doo as well as its competitors mainly featured 800cc motors (for the newer snowmobiles). Ski-Doo announced that in its new line of model year 2017 snowmobiles, they would have an 850cc motor. That motor (the Rotax 850 E-Tec) was designed with an all new chassis, not designed separately. The new motor and chassis makes the snowmobile more agile, responsive and powerful. Ski-Doo named this new chassis/motor combination "Gen-4" and released it in several different models (Summit, MXZ, and Renegade).


  1. ^ "BRP Heritage". BRP. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Bassett, Jerry (July 1, 2007). "Rants and Raves Ten Sleds that Shaped the Sport:". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  3. ^ "De 1959 à 1964 : La motoneige Ski-Doo" (in French). Musée J. Armand Bombardier. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "1959 to 1964: The Ski-Doo snowmobile". Musée J. Armand Bombardier. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Bombardier Ltd: Case Report". Strategic Management, California State University, Hayward. 1997. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  6. ^ "An American's Guide to Canada: Canadianisms". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  7. ^ Nadasdy, Paul (2011). Hunters and Bureaucrats: Power, Knowledge, and Aboriginal-State Relations in the Southwest. UBC Press. p. 273. ISBN 978-0-7748-4041-5.

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